I get a lot of emails asking me where to start with journaling, or wondering which of my e-courses is the best to start with. I thought I would address these inquires in a post with some resources, links and thoughts to help one get started. I hope you find it helpful!
My first bit of advice to you is to just try! You do not have to share it with anyone, or even keep it (although I suggest putting it out of sight for sometime rather than tossing it!). Just try a spread and see where it takes you. The one thing I have learned is even when I create a spread and am not happy with it at the time - when I look back at it months or years later, the things I was unhappy with do not even show themselves, all I see is the memory and part of myself that I recorded at that moment.
Below are some things to help you try...
How to Cultivate Your Own Style A post about how to find your own journaling style.
Overcoming your Journaling Fears To help those that let fear keep them from starting.
Right now there are 3 tutorials I have blogged, all of them a fun place to get your journaling juices flowing. Check them out below:
Miscellaneous Tips and Tricks
I have a category on my blog for tips and tricks, but below are the best to check out as a new journaler:
Out of all the e-courses I offer, there are two I recommend most to the novice journaler (although both can benefit seasoned journalers as well):
Nostalgic Musings offers the following which is helpful to beginners:
- A tips and resources PDF
- Two Journal Spread Step by Step PDFs
(these walkthroughs are especially good if you are sacred of facing a blank page)
- Images that you can print to use in the two step by step spreads - the same images I used in mine.
- 4 Journaling prompts and 4 mini prompts, along with my spreads of the same prompts - photographed, and videos showing how I create them.
- A post on different types of journals
- A post on my favourite markers
- And more, see the full list (and sign up) HERE, the above is just what I think is best for beginners.
To the Letter offers the following which is helpful to beginners:
This e-course can help you with your lettering, offering the following:
- video of me lettering and a walkthrough of how I letter
- my thoughts and advice on lettering
- Video tour of my practice books
- a couple fun exercises to get you practicing
- books I recommend to help you
- Sign up HERE.
You can see all the e-course I offer by clicking HERE.
Bookmark or follow your favourite art journalers blogs and visit them often.
But most of all... enjoy it! No matter what, enjoy the process of creating and documenting.